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Consumer resolution: Never entertain any offers if any type on the offer page is less than 10pts.

Just got yet another DirectTV solicitation in the mail. I'd be interested as our basic cable service provides us with 12 or so channels. I wouldn't mind investing in a modest upgrade to get CNN, the History Channel, and a few others.

But...when I tried to read the soliciation, I could barely make out anything important (i.e. the actual cost and terms of the service being offered). I've toyed with the idea in the past, but now I'm implementing it: I will immediately 86 any offer that contains any type smaller than 10 pt type.

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Open-source business models: Getid3's isn't gonna work

I've been poking around the idea of open-source business models since 1997. I like the idea, but they're difficult to make work. Very few have succeeded. I wanted to illustrate one model that I'm pretty sure is going to fail.

The project I'm currently working on requires that users be able to upload files and images to create interesting stories. We rely on a couple open-source modules (GPL'd) that work with the open-source content management framework Drupal (also GPL'd -- all free as in beer).

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